Do you want to hunt for ghosts or listen to ghost stories this Halloween season? There are a bunch of awesomely spooky things to do in the Rockford area. Did you know that our own Tinker Swiss Cottage was featured on Ghost Hunters and many people believe it to be haunted? Check out one of these events for a scary fun Date Night!
Please note: These events are intended for kids 13 and up unless noted.
Ghost Tours and Ghost Hunts
Paranormal Tours of Tinker Swiss Cottage
Where: 411 Kent St., Rockford, IL
Go on a tour of one of the known haunted houses in Rockford!
When: October 13: Paranormal Tour with Expedition Entity from 7 pm – 10 pm
October 20: Paranormal Tour with Haunted Rockford and Terri Reid from 7 pm – 10 pm
October 27: Paranormal Investigatio with Midwest Ghost Investigators from 7 pm – 11 pm
Cost: $25 – 50 per person
The Most Haunted Tour 2023
Where: Veterans Memorial Hall (211 N. Main St., Rockford, IL)
Tinker Swiss Cottage (411 Kent St., Rockford, IL)
Graham Gunestea House (1115 S. Main St., Rockford, IL)
When: October 28, 2023 from 6 pm – 11 pm
Cost: $50 per person, Get tickets here
Haunted Rockford will tour three historical locations in Rockford that have all reported ghostly encounters and paranormal happenings. You will learn the history of these locations and go on a mini-investigation at each site. Groups involved include the Society for Anomalous Studies, Ghost Head Soup, and the Ghosthunter Dan Norvell Project.
Scandinavian Cemetery Walk With The Rockford Historical Society at Scandinavian Cemetery
1700 Rural St., Rockford, IL
When: September 30, 2023 from 10 am – 11 am
Kathi Kresoll shares the strange tales, weird crimes, and haunted history of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. There is no registration required for this event.
True Tales of Things That Go Bump In The Night at Tinker Swiss Cottage
411 Kent St., Rockford, IL
When: October 20, 2023 from 7 pm – 10 pm
Cost: $25 per person, Get tickets here
Tinker Swiss Cottage invites local authors Terri Reid and Kathi Kresol for a night of scary stories. Samantha Hochmann, Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage will also share stories about Tinker.
Cars and Cadavers: Paranormal Evening at Historic Auto Attractions Museum
13825 Metric Dr., Roscoe, IL
When: October 21, 2023 from 7 pm – 10 pm
Cost: $30 per person, Get tickets here
Learn about historic accidents, fateful rides, and murders attached to these artifacts.
Local Author Event at Barnes and Noble with Kathi Kresol
7200 Harrison Ave., Rockford, IL
When: October 28, 2023 from 11 am – 3 pm
Logan Karlie and Kathi Kresol will be signing copies of their books.